Free historic markers to commemorate women’s suffrage, canal history

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has launched two new historic marker programs available in New York State.

One is a National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program coinciding with the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The other is the foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program commemorating historically significant canals across the United States.

Both marker programs are available nationwide. For more information, visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s Historic Signage Grant Programs webpage.

The Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, is providing grants to recognize historically significant people, places, or things across the United States instrumental to women gaining the right to vote. Suffrage was a national movement involving a diversity of women and men from all walks of life.

Historic markers awarded through the program will highlight sites on the National Votes for Women Trail, which identifies the many sites that were integral to the suffrage movement, and makes them accessible on a website to be easily searched by location, suffragist, ethnicity, and a variety of other criteria.

Municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations are especially encouraged to submit a nomination. Pomeroy Foundation signage grants are fully funded and cover the entire cost of a marker, pole, and shipping. The local partner is responsible for installation of the marker.

Canal history

Markers proposed for the Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program must commemorate a historical canal fact that occurred more than 50 years from the year of the grant application. Currently, that year is 1969.

Markers in this program will be installed near existing or former canal sites. The colors of the canal markers are blue with black lettering and border. There are two unique logos that applicants can choose from. Markers, made of cast aluminum, measure 18 by 32 inches and stand on a 7-foot aluminum pole.

Canal marker grants are available to not-for-profit organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities within the United States.

For program guidelines and details on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program webpage. The letter of intent deadline is April 17, and the grant application deadline is May 15.

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